House passes Rep. Lundeen’s bill to help protect child victims of human trafficking

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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joel Malecka
> Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (o) 303-866-5679 (c) 970-581-3302
> House passes Rep. Lundeen’s bill to help protect child victims of human trafficking >
> Denver—Today, the House unanimously passed House Bill 1224, sponsored by Representative Paul Lundeen (R-Monument), which helps protect child victims of human trafficking. The bill expands the definition of child abuse to include human trafficking for the purpose of sexual servitude, giving authorities the ability to intervene and offer protective services to suspected child victims without the need of formal criminal charges against a specific trafficker. >
> Additionally, the bill requires authorities to develop a uniform screening process to identify at-risk or current child victims of sexual exploitation. >
> “While law enforcement is tirelessly looking for child victims of human trafficking, it can be difficult to identify exploited children held by threats from their captors or other means of forced coercion.” said Lundeen. “This bill provides child victims a pathway to safety, and gives authorities far greater ability to intervene if this kind of tragic abuse is suspected or reported.” >
> House Bill 1224 now moves on to the Senate.
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